Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Scotties Champ Heather Nedohin Ready to Step Back after 20-Year Run

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Scotties Champ Heather Nedohin Ready to Step Back after 20-Year Run

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Nedohin ready to step back after 20-year run

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TORONTO - Heather Nedohin is closing out this phase of her curling career in style.

The Edmonton skip took down the reigning Olympic champion at the start of The Players' Championship, and then knocked off the reigning world champion on Friday morning.

Nedohin clearly still has the game to compete at the top level, but she knows it's the right time to step back after a 20-year run.

"Am I retiring? No. I mean that would be stepping away completely from the game," Nedohin said. "I manage a curling club, so I play Tuesday morning ladies (games) with the girls. But the competitive circuit is just -- I know and see what it takes to be No. 1.

"I like being No. 1 and I just don't have the time to be No. 1."

Nedohin, who turns 40 in July, won a Scotties Tournament of Hearts title in 2012 as skip and finished third at the world championship that year. She also won a national title in 1998 as a third on Cathy Borst's rink.

She knew earlier this season that this would be her last campaign at her current level of commitment.

"I think the turning point came to me when I was at an event and I missed both of my girls' provincial championships," she said. "And I was just like, 'I really don't want to be here.' So I would rather be elsewhere. When it's becoming work to go to practice and it's not enjoyable to be on the road, I think it's time.

"I've had an amazing career. I've had an amazing opportunity through the sport to travel and (create) friendships."

Nedohin downed Sochi Games champion Jennifer Jones in her opening game Wednesday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Then, on Friday she claimed an 8-6 victory over Switzerland's Alina Paetz, who won a world title last month in Japan.

Nedohin also beat Switzerland's Binia Feltscher 8-5 in her final pool game to finish fourth and qualify for the playoffs.

The top six teams in the 12-team women's field will make the cut at the last Grand Slam of Curling event of the season. The men's draw uses the same format. …

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